Arcadia Lauren Groff 2012
13 10 3 7.7/10 HARDCOVER FICTION English 304 Voice 1401340873 9781401340872

From the bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton comes a lyrical and gripping story of a great American dream. In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what would become a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia follows this romantic, rollicking, and tragic utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday and after.

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Critic Reviews

The New York Times John Wilwol

This novel will swallow you whole.”

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The A.V. Club Ellen Wernecke

Groff covers the rise and fall of the fictional Arcadia, but is too forceful and obvious in spelling out its doom, even as her narrator is uniquely positioned to appreciate its complex legacy.

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The Daily Mail Michael Arditti

..this is a vivid, original and generous-hearted book.

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USA Today Bob Minzesheimer

But it's not so much the story as the storytelling that grabbed me. It builds on the talents Groff displayed in her 2008 debut novel, The Monsters of Templeton, which re-imagined the myths of the author's hometown, Cooperstown, N.Y.

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The Telegraph Melissa Katsoulis

Groff has written a powerful, sometimes overwhelmingly intense paean to the human desire to make the right sort of place to live.

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Fiction Writers Review Anne Stameshkin

Groff’s prose is lush and lovely throughout..

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